The kindly and reliable neighbour announces his departure. The new neighbour is provisionally not known. This was the position in which South Africa found itself after the Portuguese coup of 25 April 1974. The interim period, with the unstable and volatile situation that followed it, called for a reorientation.
Four departments of the South African government contributed to this process, namely the Bureau of State Security (afterwards the Department of National Security), the Department of Foreign Affairs (later the Department of Foreign Affairs and Information), the Security Branch of the South African Police, and the South African Defence Force. The most significant contributions was made by the first two mentioned institutions.
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